Davy and Recie were born in Madison, Georgia. They moved to Monroe Township (formerly Jamesburg), New Jersey, in 1942. Both started from humble beginnings as cotton pickers, farmers, and having an educational level of fifth grade always pushed the path of higher education to all of their children and grandchildren.
They provided family quality time to develop social and survival skills. As well as treat others the way you want to be treated with respect. They were always involved and supportive of our educational journey by being at school, parent-teacher conferences, and extracurricular activities. My parents were active in the community and church. They were married for 64 years and members at Saint John’s Baptist Church in Jamesburg.
Davy departed his life on June 6, 2002 at the age of 80. He was employed as an installer of electric garage doors, commercial (Johnson & Johnson, Inland Container, Barnes & Nobles, Campbell Soup), and residential.
Recie Mae Thomas Nickerson departed this life on December 8, 2004 at the age of 82. She was employed at R & P Dress Factory as a presser and Brodsky's Coat Factory. She retired in 1971 to become a full-time housewife and for Michele to start kindergarten.
My mother would have you memorize her favorite scripture in its entirety:
"The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake."
They won the Foster Parents of the Year Award in December 1994 from the State of New Jersey Division of Youth and Family Services (DYFS). Earlier in the year, they had legally adopted five children and officially changed their last names to Nickerson.
You may not know the term Foster adoption or foster-adopt, which is a process whereby a person assumes the parenting of a child from their biological or legal parent(s). Legal adoptions permanently transfer all rights and responsibilities, along with filiation, from the birth parents to the adoptive parents.